An Inventory – Take Stock Of Your Faith
By John Bunyan
Faith brings us near to God. Unbelief puts us far from Him.
Faith believes God's Word. It sees more in a promise of God to help than in all other things to hinder. Unbelief, notwithstanding all of God's promises, says, "How can these things be?"
Faith will help the soul to wait, though God defers to give. Unbelief grows impatient and gives up if God waits and tarries.
Faith will give comfort in the midst of fear. Unbelief causes fear in the midst of comfort.
Faith makes the greatest burdens light. Unbelief makes light ones unbearable and intolerably heavy.
Faith purifies the heart. Unbelief keeps it polluted and impure.
Faith makes our work acceptable to God through Christ; but whatsoever is of unbelief is sin, for without faith it is impossible to please Him (Rom. 14:23; Heb. 11:6).
Faith gives us peace and comfort in our souls. Unbelief brings trouble and tossing, like the restless waves of the sea.
By faith we enjoy life in its fullness, but by unbelief we starve and pine away.
"Have faith in God" (Mark 11:22).